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The Inconvenience of Too Much Liberty <— Jefferson


"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed"

“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed”

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.

Then it is important to strengthen the state governments: and as this cannot be done by any change in the federal constitution…it must be done by the states themselves, erecting such barriers at the constitutional line as cannot be surmounted either by themselves or by the general
government.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Archibald Stuart, on the need to defend States’ Rights against the Federal government

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Politics

 

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Many Laws = Corrupt Government <— Tacitus


When laws are carried out not only for the public good, but also to target and punish, it dos society great harm.

The more numerous the laws,
the more corrupt the government.

Publius Tacitus, Annals (117 AD)
(Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges)

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land <– Leviticus


For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? Corinthians 10:29

Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there.

It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan.

Leviticus 25:10
Origin of the Quaker motto that was
inscribed on the Liberty Bell at the suggestion of Isaac Norris

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Liberty, Religion

 

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Frequent Punishment Means a Corrupt Government <– Rousseau


“We may add that frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or remissness on the part of the government.”

In a well-governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitudes of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762)

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Politics, society

 

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Conservatism is Libertarian <– Ronald Reagan


Reagan appointee Ron Paul, sitting with The Gipper, himself

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.

I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

— Ronald Reagan, interview with Reason Magazine (1975)

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Liberty, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Freedom vs the Chains of Security <– Ron Paul


"We need a strong president, strong enough to resist the temptation of taking power the President shouldn’t have."

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.

Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.

Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Ron Paul, Security and Liberty (2007)

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Ron Paul, on Racism


"I would like to think that if we had a freer society, it would take care of blacks and whites and everybody equally. But if we had equal justice under the law, it would be a big improvement"

Libertarians are incapable of being racists, because racism is a collectivist idea; you see people as groups. A civil libertarian like myself sees everyone as an individual.It’s not the color of the skin that’s important” as Martin Luther King said, “it’s the character of the individual“.

You know what is really interesting, though, and might be behind [the racism claims]. Because I, as a Republican candidate, am getting the most black votes and black supporters, and now that has to be undermined.

Ron Paul, CNN interview at Myrtle Beach, CA (2008)

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Politics, society

 

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The Non-Interference Principle <– I Ching


The government that seems the most unwise, Oft goodness to the people best supplies; That which is meddling, touching everything, Will work but ill, and disappointment bring.

 

  • When taxes are too high, people go hungry.
  • When the government is too intrusive, people resist.
  • When rulers take too much happiness, people gladly die.

Act for the people’s benefit. Trust them; leave them alone.

Lao TzuTao Te Ching (The Way to Power) (500 BC)

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

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Good Government Lets You Regulate Yourself <– Jefferson


Click to view the actual quote, in President Jefferson's own handwriting.

Still one thing more, fellow-citizens–a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

– Thomas Jefferson‘s First Inaugural Address (1801)

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Liberty, Politics

 

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Don’t Sell Liberty for Safety <– Ben Franklin


"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." -- they trot out the terror bogeyman simply to increase their power over you, through fear

   

Those who would give up Essential Liberty

to purchase a little Temporary Safety,

deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

– Benjamin Franklin, motto for An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Liberty, Politics

 

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The Individual as the Higher Power <– Thoreau


I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?

There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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War Violates Property Rights <– Daniel Morgan


Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, inspiration for the move The Patriot, was the best tactician of the Revolution...and opposed to preemptive war

As to war, I am and always was a great enemy, at the same time a warrior the greater part of my life, and were I young again, should still be a warrior while ever this country should be invaded and I lived — a Defensive war I think a righteous war to Defend my life & property & that of my family, in my own opinion, is right & justifiable in the sight of God.

An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man’s property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything this is his. Neither does he have a right to meddle with anything that is mine, if he does I have a right to defend it by force.

– Brigadier General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolutionary War, letter to Miles Etting (1798)

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Politics, society

 

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Dissent is Patriotic <– Mark Twain


It doesn't matter which party is in control, or whether they are "authorities"; if they are wrong, it would be treason not to openly oppose them

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.

That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

 
 

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Grasping Government Supporters <- KAZ


Government programs are driven by greed, not altruism.

It is the selfish who demand that politicians take money from others, and redistribute it to themselves.

KAZ Vorpal, But Now You Know (2011)

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

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Righteousness vs Advantage <- Confucius


Any time you see a talking head advocating "national interest" above what is right and good, remember this saying

The man of character cares about what is right,

the inferior man cares about his advantage.

K’ung-fu-tzu, according to the Analects, 4.16 (225 BC)

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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It is the Interventionists Who Are Isolationists <- Ron Paul


Each of the last five American presidents, treating the evil Egyptian dictator like a friend, thereby helping isolate America in the eyes of the world

 

It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationsists.

The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders.

The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.

Ron Paul, I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would, Union Leader (2007)

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Politicians SHOULD Be Afraid <- Barnhill


There is a recent push to censor political speech like the above picture, ban guns, et cetera, to "protect politicians"...but crazed maniacs aside, their fear is healthy for liberty

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny.

Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

— John Basil Barnhill, Indictment of Socialism (#3), transcript of Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism (1914)

JEFFERSON NEVER SAID THIS. That’s right. We’re eventually going to come out with a list of false attributions we’ve discovered while trying to source them for our own use.
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Politics, Quotations

 

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Exploiting Tragedy <- Rahm Emanuel


The Arizona shooting is just the latest in an endless series of efforts by corrupt political thugs to exploit crisis and tragedy

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

— Rahm EmanuelInterview to the Wall Street Journal, (2008)

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Free Men Support Others’ Choices <- Ludwig von Mises



A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper.

He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police.

— Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism, the Limits of Government Activity

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Private Wealth, Public Burden <- KAZ


Makework "stimulus" jobs are welfare, not employment

A private job pays for itself and more, a form of wealth creation that is self-sustaining;

But a government job only sucks at taxes, burdening the economy, until the money runs out.

Kaz Vorpal

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in economic, Politics, Science

 

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The Right to Offend <- Orwell


If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

The common people still vaguely subscribe to that doctrine and act on it. In our country — it is not the same in all countries: it was not so in republican France, and it is not so in the USA today — it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect

— George Orwell, Freedom of the Press (1948)

(This was to be the foreword of Animal Farm. It is perfect irony, that the publisher decided to censor it.)
 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Government is Force <- Upton Sinclair


Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force!

Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

— Cited by Upton Sinclair, in The Cry for Justice (1915), as having been said by George Washington

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Politics, Quotations, society

 

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Make Poverty HARDER <- Ben Franklin


I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

— Ben Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1776

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

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Liberty, or Hypocrisy <- Paine


Defend your opponents' rights, or lose your own

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

— Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government (1795)

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Criticize the President <- Teddy Roosevelt


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The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants.

He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, “Sedition, Free Press, and Personal Rule“, Kansas City Star (05-07-1918)

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Politics

 

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Liberty Requires Agitation


The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
— Frederick Douglass, An address on West India Emancipation (1857)

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Politics

 

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Democracy is Not Freedom


Democracy is not freedom.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.

Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.

— James Bovard,  “Individual Rights“, Sacramento Bee (1994)

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Liberty is Safer


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick,  The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937)

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Politics

 

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Words are SUPPOSED to Hurt


Words are supposed to hurt. That’s considered a legitimate way of fighting things out.

And what did it replace in the historical scene? It replaced actual violence.

Words are supposed to be free so we CAN actually fight things out, in the battleplace of ideas, so we don’t end up fighting them out in civil wars.

If we try to legitimately ban anything can hurt someone’s feelings, everyone is reduced to silence.

— Greg Lukianoff, head of FIRE, speaking on Stossel (2009)

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2010 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Deceivers Deny Debate


Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them…

— Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Provisions of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. James Rush

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in education, Politics

 

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Inalienable Rights


Williamsburg Declaration of RightsA right is not what someone gives you;

it’s what no one can take from you.

Ramsey Clark, U. S. Attorney General, New York Times, 2 October 1977

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Politics

 

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Freedom before Equality


A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.

A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.

Milton Friedman, from Created Equal, Free to Choose television series

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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